If you look for the real villains... blame it on the Scottsdale tournament that was folded...
Last year, Scottsdale was a tier-2 tournament on the week before Indian Wells, in conjunction with Acapulco.
The Calendar for the 5 weeks between AO and IW was as follows:
week 1: Tokyo
week 2: Paris & Hyderabad
week 3: Antwerpen & Doha (tier 3 or 4)
week 4: Dubai, Memphis & Bogota
week 5: Scottsdale & Acapulco
After Scottsdale was cancelled, WTA filled the vacancy by moving Doha to week 5 and made it tier-2. Then Hyderabad was moved to week 3 to put it next to the middle-east series.
Also, Memphis moved to week 3 because it's linked to the ATP tournament.
It was too late to make a radical change and move a tournament from another season.
If the general calendar stay the same, and the first ME tournament is 3 weeks after Tokyo, there must be 2 Asian tournaments between them to make a continuos series, or none.
Any small tournament that would be left alone in its geographical region would suffer the same fate. It also happend with Quebec last season, and I fear Bali could be in trouble this year because there is a week gap between Bali and the next tournament in east-Asia (Beijing, that replaced Shanghai).
Career high ranking: 6 (16/10/2005)
Current Ranking: 40, 789 pts, 35 tournaments
2007 race to the championship: 26, 293 pts, 8 tournaments
Year-end Ranking: 2006 - 46, 2005 - 8, 2004 - 63, 2003 - 146
Winner: 2006 - Beijing, 2005 - Sydney, Budapest, Hasselt
Runner-up: 2006 - Prague, 2005 - Hyderabad, Forest Hills, Los Angeles YEC
Semifinal: 2006 - Paris, Bogota, 2004 - Sopot
Quarterfinal: 2005 - Prague, Modena, 2004 - Indian Wells, Stockholm, Seoul, Filderstadt